You Crushed it!
As a baseline, in 2019 (the first year of FLX Gives), the total raised was $78,581.24 from 968 donors.
Our goal was to reach at least $100,000 and 1,000 donors, but we were unsure how COVID and the economic hardship faced by so many would impact the community’s capacity to give.
Well, as usual, we were reminded that no one should ever bet against the generosity of our community.
FLXGives 2020 raised $157,819 from 1,286 donors!
Thank you for your hard work and hustle. Your connections and relationships with donors, the way you used the power of social media, and energized fundraising champions is what made this day of giving so spectacular.
A few details:
  1. Organizations who won cash prizes will receive a check in the mail from the Community Foundation.
  2. We are tallying up all of the Kids Give Big donations – a check will be mailed to organizations who received gifts from youth 18 and younger.
  3. Fill-out this brief survey that will help inform event planning in 2021.
  4. Join us for a follow-up to FLXGives Zoom call on December 1, 2020 at 10:00 am. Register here.
  5. Save the Date for FLXGives 2021 – November 12, 2021
  6. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Sara or Katie.
We can’t wait until next year!
Zoom with the Community Foundation every Tuesday at 9:30 AM.
Next Tuesday, we’ll all be sharing what we are grateful for because even in these times, we have so much. We hope you’ll join us and nonprofits leaders from the region.
Meeting ID: 845006752434
Passcode: 375617
Scholarship Information Sessions
Did you know the Community Foundation administers scholarships that award over $300,000 to students graduating in the Finger Lakes region?
Applications are open and we need your help! Our scholarship information sessions are going virtual this year and we want to make sure as many students “attend” as possible!
Please share this information with students graduating in the Finger Lakes Region. There are two dates available and students must register through the links in the events on the Community Foundation Facebook page here.
Questions? Email Katie.
NYS Launches Online Training Platform
Governor Cuomo announced the launch of a new online training platform which will enable unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers weathering the COVID-19 pandemic to learn new skills, earn certificates, and advance their careers at no cost. The new tool will provide access to nearly 4,000 online programs taught by leading professors and industry professionals on Coursera, with a focus on high-growth and in-demand sectors like advanced manufacturing, technology, and health care, among others.
The full course catalog can be viewed here. 
New Yorkers can request a free account on the New York State Department of Labor website.
Spread Cheer This Holiday Season
Help Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler provide Gifts of Hope for families during the holiday season.
New items may be dropped off to The Samaritan Center in Elmira or the Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry in Watkins Glen. You can also order items online and have them shipped.
Click here for more information.
RELISH RETURNS – November 1 – November 30
Join us in supporting our area’s local restaurants, breweries, wineries, and more by participating in this year’s RELISH:TO-GO. RELISH:TO-GO is a marketing campaign that will be used to encourage the community to continue to support our areas restaurants during this challenging time. To learn more and to participate go here.
Save the Date – 6th Annual Gingerbread Invitational
November 21-December 31
The Rockwell is pleased to present the 6th Annual Gingerbread Invitational — a fun, artful gingerbread competition and exhibition. This year, gingerbread artists responded to the theme Advancing Women, designing a gingerbread creation inspired by a woman historical figure, author, character or architect!
Pick up your ballot at the admission desk when you check-in at The Rockwell. The Community Choice Award winner will be chosen by Rockwell Museum visitors throughout the exhibition and announced at the end of the month.